A cross-reference to the first overnight radio show (CKCU 93.1 FM) placing a heavy emphasis on Canadian blues and fusions of same (2007-2012). From 2012-2014, "Rockin' the Blues from Canada" was broadcast on CHMR 93.5 FM (where it originated in 2005 as "Patchwork Blues"). This 'blog' was born in 2004 as a promotional tool for arts-related news when Geocites reclaimed its free websites.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
825 RECORDS - MAY 2012 NEWSLETTER
From the Studio, to the Masses
Available July 3rd, 2012
Jay Shepard's album Harsh Mistress, slated to drop July 3rd, 2012
the crazy New York nights to the bright city lights, Jay's inspiration
continued to flourish; ultimately leading to the conclusion of his first
12-track album, set for release July 3rd, 2012. Multifaceted musician and songwriter, Jay Shepard, has just completed recording his long-awaited solo album, Harsh Mistress, with prominent producer, Matty Amendola, and 825 Records. The tracks on Harsh Mistress
exude speed and power (even though at the core the songs may seem like
standard pop tunes). Stylistically, it's in a category unto itself;
blending unique rhythmic patterns, contrasting terraced dynamics, heavy
fuzzed guitar riffs, lo-fi acoustic guitars and vocals, tight
hard-hitting indie rock drums, in addition to a heavy use of electronic
instruments and classic analogue synths. With musical improvisation, and
extended jams, from the contemporary and catchy hooks on: “Come Back Home,” “Vacant Scene,” “You Wanted,” and “Love on Lend,” to the hard hitting, heavy riffs, and gigantic sounding drums on: “She's the Fire,” “Harsh Mistress,” and “Last Man on Earth;” coupled with eclectic and electronic influences on: “Time Will Never Slow,” “Truth,” and “All You Got,” and the great depth throughout the ballads in: “The City,” and “So It Goes,” Jay's sound is an exploration of music across genres. Available July 3rd on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and 825records.com.
And the Winner Is...
Click here to download the single for free!
With Harsh Mistress
approaching its release date early this summer, Jay & 825 Records
have allowed fans, and music enthusiasts alike, to choose the first
single to be featured. Over the past month, Jay's fans have been able to
vote for his free single; and the winner is, "Last Man on Earth," a hard-hitting, and melodic. pop-rock track, with a catchy hook about that harsh relationship you love to hate. "Last Man on Earth"
can now be downloaded for free at www.jayshepard-harshmistress.com and
streamed from any Smart Phone. Feel free to share this free download
with your friends on Facebook; and as Jay looks forward to his fan's
feedback, be sure to let him know if you're digging the single, at: facebook.com/jayshepardmusic
Producers: The Industry's New Rock Star
Click here to see more! (Photos by Veronica Puleo)
Owner and Head Producer kept all of his followers on Facebook and
Twitter in the loop last week, while he was representing 825 Records in
Los Angeles, California. Matty Amendola was in "LA LA Land" working for the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp,
as one of their "Rock Star Experts." Besides jamming, and helping out
the campers, Matty also hosted the camp's featured drum master-class
(originally started and incorporated into the camp by Billy Amendola),
bringing friends such as: Steve Fisher (Roland Drums), Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean), Brian Tichy (Billy Idol, Foreigner), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath), Ryan MacMillan (Matchbox 20), Veronica Bellino
(Jeff Beck) and many other great West Coast players. Matty also
mentioned that his week was filled with songwriting, demoing new songs
on his iPad in the hotel room, and in the studio working with
singer/songwriter Kenli Mattus, for the first time since their band, The Classic Futures, disbanded several years ago. Matty capped off the week performing at The Playboy Mansion with the other counselors, and hanging out with 825's favorite mastering engineer, Hans DeKline, and special guest Steven Tyler.
"It was a fun week and a great event. I'd like to thank everyone who
made me feel at home as an "up and coming rock star," including: David Fishof, Courtney Clonch and fellow rock stars Teddy Andreadis, Vinny Appice, Mark Hudson, Bruce Kulick, John Moyer, Rudy Sarzo, and Kip Winger!"
you are interested in featuring, covering, reviewing, requesting a
press kit, or playing Jay's upcoming album, please shoot us an email so
we can accommodate you.
Christine Herbst (Publicity@825Records.com)